It was in April that I decided it was time to pursue a career in full time ministry. A lot of people didn't see this coming. I had been teaching at the same school for 7 years. I was established and settled. But in the scheme of my life, this change has been a long time coming. I was probably 11 when I stepped out of a bus and, for the first time, found myself on Mexican soil. I didn't realize it until later in the week, but it was on that trip that I discovered my passion for serving people and serving Christ. So, a short 17 years later, I resigned from my teaching position, accepted an offer from ITeams and come Spring of 2017, I will be moving to and serving in Quito, Ecuador.
Last Sunday night, I found myself in a window seat, squished against the wall of a plane, watching the LAX tarmac disappear into a sea of flashing lights. I was on the way to Elgin, IL for my first official day as an International Teams (ITeams) employee. I didn't have low expectations so much as I had no expectations. This was a whole new world for me. When I arrived at the ministry center I was greeted with smiles and hugs. After that, every lesson, every staff member, and every interaction only made me feel more and more a part of a family who values what I value and loves the Jesus that I love.
I can't begin to imagine what the next couple years will have in store for me, but I have no doubt that taking this leap was the best decision I have ever made. I am so grateful that Jesus called my name and I am so glad that I decided to follow.